The troops 'force' Numberdars and Chowkidars in Jammu and Kashmir to
work as porters and leave them to face the barrel of terrorists in
return they are only paid mediocre monthly salaries of Rs 81 and Rs 250.
Minister for Roads and Buildings Gulchain Singh Charak on Sunday asked
the government to raise the salaries of the Numberdars and the
Ten years back, the salaries of Numberdars were raised by Rs 1 from Rs 80, with the government citing burden on the state exchequer as the reason not to increase their salaries by a handsome amount.
On the other hand, the state legislators had in the assembly decided to
increase their own salaries by thousands of rupees.
Charak said 7,381 Numberdars were working in the state at the monthly
salaries of Rs 81 and 2,705 Chowkidars were working at Rs. 250 per
"Till two years back 127 Numberdars and Chowkidars were killed
by terrorists," he added.
The R&B minister said that a state-level convention would be held on
December 6 in which the Numberdars and Chowkidars would appeal the
chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to enhance their monthly wages.
Charak hopes their salaries are kept at least at par with the class IV government employees and provided transport and telephone facilities along with office accommodation.
The minister said that the government's "good governance" would ensure
that the Numberdars and Chowkidars are provide financial and personal
He appealed the state government to take a leaf out of Haryana and
Punjab governments, which were improving the status of Numberdars and